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Seacoast Scenic Drives

Explore history and beauty in NH’s coastal communities.

Colonial New Hampshire Seacoast Ride

(Approx. 40 miles )

Start your ride in Portsmouth, one of the greatest port cities of the 18th and early 19th century, which still has a working waterfront, along with a vibrant and historic downtown.

Take Rt. 1B, which begins in Portsmouth's historic district, over the causeway to New Castle. This narrow route winds around the island, past the grand Wentworth-by-the-Sea and two early military fortifications, Fort Stark and Fort Constitution; the latter of which was the site of the first aggressive act of the American Revolution.

When Rt. 1B connects with Rt. 1A, turn south through Rye and North Hampton to Hampton; along the way you'll find Odiorne Point State Park and a series of State Parks with oceanfront beaches. In Hampton Beach, take Rt. 101 to Rt. 1 through Hampton Falls and Rt. 84, one of the region's earliest roads. It will take you through Kensington to Rt. 150 and Exeter, one of the four original towns in colonial New Hampshire and the state capitol during the Revolutionary War. From there, follow Rt. 27 along the original 18th century route back to Hampton.